Entries by Youth First

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How to Talk to Your Children About School Safety

By Abby Betz, LSW – January 28, 2020 With high profile acts of violence on the rise, particularly in schools, it is important that parents and caregivers talk with children about these types of incidents and teach them ways to protect themselves.  Schools have been working to prevent violence and make schools safer places for […]

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2020 Passport to Adventure Auction

CLICK HERE to visit the online bidding site for Youth First’s 18th annual Passport to Adventure Auction, which will be held on April 30, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom in downtown Evansville, IN. All are welcome to attend this FREE and exciting evening that features a live and silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and […]

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Everyday Gratitude Can Improve Your Life

By Leah Lottes , LSW – Jan. 21, 2020 For many, the recent holidays reminded us to be thankful no matter what our circumstances are, focusing on being thankful for what we have rather than what we don’t have. The holidays are a great time to express gratitude. However, expressing gratitude every day is even […]

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Organization is Key to Your Teen’s Success

By Dawn Tedrow, LCSW – January 14, 2020 Many teens struggle with forgetting daily assignments and losing their homework, or they become overwhelmed thinking about the amount of work that needs to be completed. Being unorganized creates tremendous stress for people.  It is important to teach our students good organizational skills to not only reduce […]

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Talking to Your Teen About Substance Use

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW – January 7, 2020 Parenting in this era can be overwhelming. There are many opinions and parenting styles that can be argued.  However, when we are facing drug and alcohol use among our teenagers, there must be an “all hands on deck” approach. It is a community issue that requires parents […]

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Healthy and Human

By Katherine Baker, LCSW – Dec. 31, 2019 As the year closes and a new one begins, many people focus on improving their health and well-being. Being human in a world filled with drama and losses can be exhausting.  All too often human sleep patterns are out of sync, causing many of us to be […]

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What Kids Really Want

By Jennifer Kurtz, LCSW – Dec. 24, 2019 Prior to coming to Youth First as a school social worker, I worked with the homeless for 7 years.  Many of the men, women, and children I worked with were staying in a car or in an unfamiliar shelter, maybe living in a hotel, or staying with […]

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Are You on Autopilot?

By Ashley Underwood, LCSW – Dec. 17, 2019 Imagine this scenario: you have a busy and stressful day at work and at the end of the day you get in your car and drive home. The next thing you know, you are parked in your driveway. You made it home, but you don’t remember the […]

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Encourage School Attendance

Ashley Hale, LCSW – Dec. 10, 2019 Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success in school and in life.   An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students miss 18 or more days of a school year, which averages two days per month.  Some challenges are […]